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    Blushing

    A brief reddening of the face, ears and neck, often spreading to the upper part of the chest, which can be accompanied by a feeling of heat. Read more →

    I'm 34 years old(female)and I'm a professional in the public service. Over the past 6 months, for reasons unknown to me, I now blush at every little thing, from speaking to my work colleagues (about the most mundain of subjects), both in a group and one on one, and lately I even blushed when speaking to my own parents! If the topic of conversation is an embarrassing one (which unfortunately is very often in my line of work), my blushing is even worse. I now feel myself avoiding eye contact with people and avoiding people altogether if I can, which is having a detrimental affect on my confidence and is drastically reducing my chances of promotion, as speaking to groups of people forms a large part of my job. I have always been a very confident person in pretty much any situation and have no idea why the sudden change? I am very happy at home, and other than the blushing, happy in my job also. I find it very strange to have this problem at my age and I'm afraid of the lasting effects it may have if not sorted. Please help!!!





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    hi i got hot red patches on my arms face and chest when drinking alcohol.although not painfull its verry hot its only the patches that get very hot. it is not blushing





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    I also have this problem, i can take just one mouthful of alcohol and in about 5 minutes my whole face will be bright red and will feel hot to touch. It also feels like it is burning! Like Emma it appears on my chest too. It doesnt happen with all alcoholic drinks but with most. Its highly frustrating and frankly very embarrassing, i do not like to be seen like this. Would be great to hear from someone!

    You could be allergic to alcohol love thats how i started and now as soon as alcohol hits my stomach lining i have anaphylactic shock your luckiy if you just get the redness chuck i know that sounds strange but it can be ALOT worse xx

    What is idiopathic craniofacial erythema, because i think i have it. I have been looking on internet because my face, neck and chest often goes bright red even when i am not hot. Also my knees go hot and red. What is wrong with me as this is controling my life.How do i get hold of beta blockers for facial blushing, as it said on the internet that they will help.





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    Hi, I have tried Beta Blockers for exactly the same condition you have. Unfortunately they didnt seem to help me, all they do is slow the heart rate down so you feel less anxious (which i suffer from and its quite a major issue now). I went to the doctor and she thought it could be rosacea so she gave me some gel i had to put on, it seems to have helped my face but it also appears on chest and arms, down my back and on my knees. Ive been told its to do with stress and worry...do you often feel stressed or anxious?

    I suffer from "facial blushing" and my neck & chest goes all blotchy even when i am not even hot, it just happens anytime when i least expect it. My knees go all red & hot too accasionally. Why is this happening, it is ruining my life. I can't even wear low cut tops because i never know when i'm going to go blotchy red. It is embarrassing because people say what you going red for. I am quite outgoing but can't be myself through this. Please help me!





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    What Beta Blockers do you take to stop the severe blushes? I have heard there is an operation you can have to stop this blushing/flushing from happening.

    Hi, I don't have an answer but i can sympathise becasue i have teh exact same problem. I can't wear low cut tops- I live in polo necks and dread the summer as i can't wear them and I know people see my neck going red- it controls my life too. I started taking beta blockers and they have helped stop the severe blushes but haven't solved it completely. I read that botox injections can stop the blushing and I am going to see a doctor soon who might be able to help. You should ask your doctor about these things.

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    Hi, I am 15 years old and i always go red. There isn't a day when i dont go red. When am with my friends and they ask me something i just go red, When am with my family,When i meet new people, or in some lessons when the teacher asks me a question i just go red and by red i mean bright red. when i go red someone shouts out why are you blushing? this makes me go even more red. i feel really embarressed and hate myself because of it. This has been happening to me for about 2 years. when go red i say to myself why am i going red? theres nothing to feel embarrassed about. but it does'nt go down. I am planning to go see my doctor and see what he says and if he has any medication for it. if any of you can help please do. Thank you.





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    I am 15 years old too. It all started when someone pointed out that I was going red, at this time I never used to go red that much. Them saying this made me think about it and I then started thinking about it way too much. This caused me to go red everytime someone even called my name. One of my close friends kept pointing out that I was going red and this made me even redder. I can't bare to be around her now because I feel like she is constantly watching me and her presence makes my face feel like it is burning. So now I avoid loud people that I know will make me blush, when I am with my quiet friends I hardly blush. I did go to the doctor and she prescribed me with Beta Blockers, they help calm you down. However, they didn't work for me. Next on my list is to try hypnosis and then if that fails then I will thinking about having surgery (I know this is major) however, blushing is ruining my life. Stay strong and tell you parents or someone you can trust. Once you have told someone how you feel, then it can only get better. I know the feeling of a burning face, sweaty palms and having to look away because you are so embarassed. I know the feeling of coming home and feeling like rubbish and crying. I am glad there is someone out there just like me, let me know how you get on at the doctors.

    Hey.. Sorry you're going through this, but believe me, you're not alone. I go through the same thing. Although, as I have gotten older, it doesn't seem as bad. I went for years wearing my hair down, plenty of make up to help camoflague the redding, (which gave me confidence that it would help, and it did), because I knew that my whole face would light up just by ANYONE saying ANYTHING to me. I'm 24 years old now, and have been going through this sense I was 12 years old.. That's 12 years of being non-social, missing out on events, not going into stores on account I was scared I would run into someone I would know and they would wanna talk, ect. I became depressed, tried killing myself, and the list goes on.. I am married now, with a little boy, and now that I have "came out" of this shell somehow, I am not as much of a 'red' faced girl as I was. But I have prayed to God a LOT, so I know he's helped me with this too. I am actually on some medicines, Effxor and Celexia. I don't know if the meds. have helped any with the red face, but I do know that I can now wear my hair in a pony tail! Even out in public! :) AND I talk to everyone I know, without worring about my face turning red.. Who ever knew that carring on conversations with people would be so AWESOME?!!? So maybe try praying to God about it, and if you're depressed, try getting on some medicine to see if it helps you any with redding in the face. It still happens to me on occasion, but not no where near like it used to be. There's a pill called "Eredacane." THIS DOES NOT WORK! I have tried this in the past, so please save your money for something else. I've also read that you can get surgery done to have something cut to keep the blood from traveling into your face.. (Not 100% sure about it, try googleing it).. A good tip to do, is if you don't wear make-up, like foundation and powder, try doing it. It helped me gain my confidence through many situations! If all else fails, try to go to the doctor if possible and seeing what they can do. I always wanted to go to the doctor, but without insurance, I had no luck! Best wished to you, and I pray I helped you some.

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    Recently having swelling of skin all over boby from face neck body (raised red and very itchey).skin becomes tight and swollen.Happens regular esepically with cold weather (windy) and in contact with chemicals.Suffer with heachaches from this too After the reaction ,i have to go to sleep normally go out cold for a hour or two.Find my self blushing because of it now.Had being on antihistamines and steroids.They made me very tired so i stopped them. informed that i had idopathic angiodema with uteriaca





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    I'm 18 and have recently begun blushing in any moment remotely awkward. I am fair and so have always blushed when embarrassed etc; however, I now blush when asked simple questions, when giving presentations, when getting my hair cut. The anticipation of blushing gets me worked up - often leading to a feeling of anxiety and excessive sweating. It is beginning to worry me. I am going to start applying for jobs; but work myself up about blushing in interviews. I need help.





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    I am 25 and i have exactly the same problem, I believe the answer lies with hypnotherapy. I have contacted a hypnotherapist and i am currently waiting for a reply. Can i ask do you find this happens when standing in queues? at work?

    Hi, I suffer from exactly the same thing. Have done for 5years, cant find anything that helps. How do you cope with it?

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    Hi, I also suffer from blushing with the last 15 years. I always blushed a bit in school but as I grew older it got worse. I am a confident person but I get obsessed with blushing and then I blush. At present, I am taking seroxat it is also treated for depression but I take it for my blushing as my doctor diagnosed me with obsessive compulsive disorder. If I meet people I know I would go bright red and it is so embarrassing. I often avoided people for fear of going red.





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    Im now 24 and have suffered from severe facial blushing since i was a teenager. I would blush for no reason even if i was not embarassed. When i finished university i started a teacher training course which i knew would involve teaching, and was so worried that the blushing would stop me from being able to teach. I found a green cream (by no 7, available in boots) which neutralises the blushing, you put it underneath your foundation, it has really helped. Blushing no longer holds me back, in fact after 3 months i feel that i no longer need the green cream and now only wear it for stressful situations. It has changed my life to know i can cover it up when i need to and i now have a full time teaching job.





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    Hi - im 42 and have suffered with this "disabling" condition most of my life. I was told it would get better the older i got! Well it hasn't. It's held me back all my life! I tried the green cream, yes it's good on your face but when the whole of your neck goes red, blotchy and feels like it's on fire, it does absolutely nothing except makes you look like a demented hulk and brings even more comments. I have been to the docs and also take beta blockers but they just make me feel faint sometimes. Not good! I also go red and blobby when i have a drink and have stopped going out. I wear scarfs round my neck most of the time. When i get hot i also so bright red. I would love to go on telly but like most of you the fear of a bright red face and neck just stops me. I hope they find a cure soon for all of us that have to go through this. Unless you have it i dont think anyone understands.

    Hi. i have the same problem im 26 and blushing for as long as i remember. When im embarrassed and even when im not. It's not just in my face but my neck ears and its brights red even makeup doesnt cover it. People think im embarrassed but in some cases im not and the more they say it the redder i will get (and i go red). It stops me from doing most things i want and holds me back from going further with my life. It hits my confidence and at 26 i find this the embarrassing thing about it im not a child so shouldnt be blushing like a teenager.

    Hi guys, thought I'd share a comment.. I'm a male and my blushing started when I was 14, I'm now 25.. I'm like the rest of you, I will blush and not even know I'm blushing until someone points it out, or sometimes I will think I'm blushing because of the intense heat over my face, but il look at my reflection and there will be no redness.. Odd I know. At one stage it really effected my confidence, I didn't want to be center of attention. I'm repeating what others have said, but I would blush just bumping into an old friend, or if someone I didn't know spoke to me, or if I felt like I made eye contact with someon I would blush, but I would also feel stupid for blushing, I would get annoyed with myself over it as I couldn't control it, it annoyed me most when I didn't even feel embarrassed but I knew I was blushing for no reason... But I urge people not to let it affect you. I've come to realise that I blush, so what! Everyone blushes, it's perfectly normal.. We might blush more than others and for no reason at all.. Treat it like your own personal party trick. Don't get me wrong, I'd still prefer it if I didn't blush all the time and for no reason, but taking on the attitude of, so what.. It has really helped with my confidence, and because I don't worry about it as much, it doesn't seem to happen as much! I hope this can help some of you.. Keep blushing, it's who you are, but don't let it stop you from living..





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    Helloe, I have just watched your programme, I watched because there was a lady who had a problem with blushing. I too have this problem, it is awful and there isn't a moment when you are not worrying about blushing, its's quite exhausting and you constantly feel inferiour. I did go to my GP, she just looked at me horrified as she had never healt with blushing before. she prescribed Beta blockers however I didn't feel comfortable taking them. Would you be able to tell me where I can get Cognitive Behaviour treatment? Thanks in advance





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    I'm a 41 yr old woman and have suffered with blushing for as long as I can remember. It has definitely stopped my career going anywhere and isolated me, my marriage ended because I had no confidence & I don't have any good friends as I find it hard to get to know people because I feel such a fool blushing as a grown woman. In recent years my confidence has got better and I didn't think the blushing was as much of a problem as I just ignored it but today I have come home in tears after hearing two women that I was hoping to become friends with discussing my blushing. This has really upset me, I haven't stopped crying since I got home and I feel so stupid. I have read that the doctor can prescribe medication, has anyone tried this. I have tried hypnotherapy and other techniques but it is clearly not working.





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    Oh Rachel (and everyone else on here), I can soooo relate to you and what you feel. I too am held back and avoid social settings for fear of the blushing and fire I feel coming on. The more you think of it, and try to avoid it coming, the more it comes on. I was so red and flushed in one instance, that the individuals that I was speaking with could barely concentrate on what they were saying to me. Unless you go through this, you don't understand the severity. I am 43 years old, and it seems to only be getting worse. I have so much social anxiety because of it. Does any one know the approximate cost of the referenced surgery?

    hi im 15 years old and i have a problem with blushing it has been happening to me for about a year now and i cant control it i cant get through one single day at school without blushing and getting teased by my mates is there any way i can stop this?





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    Im 15 and have been blushing for a long time now. I am so scared of blushing its actually become a phobia. I feel my face going red and hot whewnever im uncomfortable or slightly embarassed, even when i get someones full attention. I hate people seeing me blush and im holding back from doing what i want because im so scared of blushing. I refuse to get a job because even though id love one im scared i would blush onfront of the customers, and i dont speak out in class either. Is there any treatement atall? Its really holding me back.





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    I have been blushing ever since I started high school, and it is gradually eroding my self confidence.It started off as simply blushing after being complimented of told off, but progressively got worse. Now,if I talk to a boy,talk to someone I don't usually talk to,get even the most minor of compliments,somebody suggests I fancy someone even if I don't,someone else gets into an embarrassing situation, if I talk about an embarrassing subject with anyone, even my parents, or even just think wouldn't it be embarrassing if I blushed now, I blush. I would love to have any advice to make my blushing less severe.





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    Hi! I have exactly the same problem and am 16 (and a boy!) I think it's mainly that you're the centre of attention that triggers your blushing in these scenarios. You've probably heard that it's sometimes the thought of blushing that makes us blush, which makes us blush to begin with. Then there's that you become conscious that other people are aware of it, making you blush even more! The cure is to not think about it in the first place - I have hardly mastered this, but on the odd occasion, after I have been put in the spotlight, I have realised that I haven't flared up like a tomato! And that's because whilst I was being focused on, the thought of blushing didn't even occur; hence I didn't blush. Try it - there're are a lot more people like us than you may think! :)

    Im glad to know that im not alone, im a 15 year old boy and have the same problem. I go red all the time, Its the thought of knowing that my face goes red that makes it worse. The only way to get over it is to stop thinking about what everyone else thinks about you, (even though I struggle to do this). Remember to be you, dont change because of other people. I just wish I could find a way of stopping my blushing for good, as the above is easier said than done.

    I have a problem blushing all the time due to the fact that I am constantly thinking about blushing...and it sucks! So I decided that I am sick of being self conscious and started researching about red cheeks and blushing and I found for girls or woman (sorry guys) that if you buy a green primer... I use L Oreal and put that on first where the redness will be when you blush then put on a bronzer... I use garnier bronzer than foundation and concealer with a little blush and it seems to hide my redness all the time which makes me feel more confident! Hopefully that helps some of you out there!





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    I blush really bad when i have to attend meetings or speak to authoritive people...i dont drink but have decided to take a large shot of vodka (threw advise) to calm my adrenlin a few mins before im due what see as a stressful situation...the blushing stops...nobody can smell vodka.. i dont act silly..just calm because im not blushing..it was a last resort....im in my late forties....ive tried lots of things..the operation had too many negatives....hate the taste of drink but do it to keep me from blushing only.





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    I totally understand. I sure get envious of people who don't blush, they however have their own areas of concern they dislike immensely. I know the key for all of us is to find that place of absolute rest within ourselves, where the struggling inside is over. A place where, if we do go red, I'm safe, completely and utterly safe. That's the place we all are longing for. It is possible, life is so much more enjoyable, we just need to be willing to change our perspective. Willingness to find inner peace will attract it to us. We don't even have to go in search of it, or try to work it out. Just trust, that your willingness to find this inner rest will make its own way to you. Does that already bring freedom right there? I believe in you, you will see things change, enjoy, laugh, smile :)

    I've been in the same position (drink before work whatever so I don't blush) I just want to let you know (I have a Hospitality Management degree) I just don't want you to get in trouble, but that is a myth about people not being able to smell the vodka, so just be careful. I finally went to the doctor to try propranolol and I am loving it. I got really good at (kind of) controlling my blushing but this is great for those days when I just don't want to try. Might want to try it. It's used mostly for performance anxiety and you won't get in trouble is anyone smells it ;)

    I also suffer from extreme blushing and although you can have worse problems, I don't think people realise how awful this problem is. I'm now 30 and if anything my blushing has got worse with age. I don't go a day without blushing and it's stopping me from doing so much. I'm too scared to talk to new people as I don't want to scare them with my extreme redness; I get scared talking to people I do know, but luckily they know me and know this is my "thing". Worst of all it's stopping me from going for higher job roles at work as I don't think I can handle going red even more. Is there anything that can help?





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    Hello, I've always suffered with blushing. I blush easily and was bullied at school and work because of it. Since having my children I have found my face is permently pink and the blushing still happens. I've been to the doctor and he said its part of me and I've got to live with it but it really effects me. I dont know what to do I've tried creams but nothing seems to help!





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    hi my name's kate, im 32 and suffering from the same problem like you...im blushing almost all the time for no reason...and just like you ive even tryied almost everything like: hypnotheraphy, roseacea creams, tablets etc.and that didnt seem to help...i hate going out becouse of the condition. And warm conditions seem to couse even more blushing. Somebody please help us!!!

    Hi, I have the same problem. Iv had it since the ages of around 11. My doctor told me that i have a fear of blushing so therefore i blush more. A type of social anxiety. My doctor refered me to a pyschologist for CBT (Cognative Behavioural Therapy). It teaches you in changing your thinking patterns which calms down the blushing. Me personally only kept to seeing my pyschologist for around 4 months as i was finding it quite hard ( due to constant embarrassment and fear of blushing ) but sometime soon feel i would like to restart. The therapy is a long process and could take up to a couple of years. Hope this helps... ETS can be very dangerous i have also researched it myself. =)

    Hi! I have exactly the same problem and am 16 (and a boy!) I think it's mainly that you're the centre of attention that triggers your blushing in these scenarios. You've probably heard that it's sometimes the thought of blushing that makes us blush, which makes us blush to begin with. Then there's that you become conscious that other people are aware of it, making you blush even more! The cure is to not think about it in the first place - I have hardly mastered this, but on the odd occasion, after I have been put in the spotlight, I have realised that I haven't flared up like a tomato! And that's because whilst I was being focused on, the thought of blushing didn't even occur; hence I didn't blush. Try it - there're are a lot more people like us than you may think! :)

    I have suffered with this for 10 years or more and it has seriously affected my quality of life and held me back from being who I want to be and stopped me doing many things I want to do. I have seriously considered ETS after reading an article on the Daily Mail. For those interested you can read it here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-107003/Surgery-cured-blushing.html I have my ups and downs depending on my state of mind (self confidence and self esteem) but ultimately my blushing never fully goes away and when I have a bad blushing day I feel I have taken 10 steps back which takes me a long time to better myself again. Hopefully ETS will change my life if I can pluck up the courage to go through with it.





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    Did you have the surgery?

    Due to the possible future complications - no. There are lots of cases where the surgery becomes ineffective over the years and then other adverse symptoms can emerge. I wrote the original post at a bad time and as you know life has its ups and downs. I still have the daily struggles with blushing and some days are worse than others. I have started to believe the best remedy for this is acceptance. This is who I am and I need to live with it. The more I get on with my life and stop putting all my time and energy into trying to prevent this the better I become. However researching subjects like this can be informative and encouraging they can also be damaging by reinforcing the belief you have a problem. None of us have a problem, blushing is an entirely normal human trate, we just have a more sensitive trigger. Once you accept you don't have a problem it will become true.

    Blushing really gets me down. I'm 22 and have had this problem for as long as I can remember. I'm ready to take the next step in my career but my blushing is stopping me. I don't want to go on like this for the rest of my life and hope to find a cure. Has anyone tried Eredicane? This is a daily tablet but quite expensive. If anyone could give me some feedback on this it would be much appreciated. Many thanks





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    I have had a problem with blushing for years now - since just starting my teens. It make me really self conscious. It can get really bad. I feel my cheeks flare up really badly, covering my whole cheeks. It's not just your common blushing, it's extremely red. What can I do?





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    i have been reading thru these comments and am so supprised that there are so many people suffering with blushing as i do, i have suffered with panic attacks since being about 15 but with those i felt sick and dizzy for no reason, i could deal with that as no one could see this on the outside so i managed to ignore it and it eventually went away. whilst pregnant with my 1st child i started blushing around my family and friends and now it has made me avoid going out, i seem to be fine when i am in somewhere dark like a pub/club and when iv got a spray tan on i can even go to weddings and bbqs and things with out blushing once so again i no its in my head but its really hard when im caught off guard in a supermarket or something i feel like people think im flakey as im constantly cancelling things and making excuses not to go but noone realises how bad it feels





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